Minnesota Majority, pro-voter ID group, blasted for using race-baiting imagery

Minnesota Majority is the main advocacy group backing the GOP-led drive for a constitutional amendment requiring all voters to show some form of identification at the polls.

Today, one of the websites Minnesota Majority maintains -- wewantvoterid.com -- is being blasted for using racist imagery.

A banner on the site uses the following characters to depict fraudulent-voting boogeymen -- a black man in striped prison garb, a Hispanic in what appears to be a mariachi costume, a superhero, a ghost, and a zombie.
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How many stereotypes are in this one picture?
Dan McGrath, executive director of TakeAction Minnesota, a group that opposes the voter ID drive, said his group is outraged "at the race-baiting and the overt racism that proponents of the photo ID amendment and the likes of Minnesota Majority have put forward." U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison also released a statement condemning the imagery.

But Minnesota Majority rejects the claim that the black-man-in-prison-garb image is racist. Its executive director, who also happens to be named Dan McGrath, hit back by saying "Page one in the playbook of the leftist groups is to smear your opponent as a right-wing religious bigot." He told the Star Tribune that the prison-striped figure is meant to represent the problem of felons voting -- nothing more.

Hey Minnesota Majority, here's an easy way to avoid this sort of controversy next time around -- feature a white felon instead.

See also:
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Keith Ellison on voter ID approval: "Today is a sad day for democracy"



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pizza
pizza

CP: why do you let fake pizzas and Michelle Bachmans post?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Democrats like illegal immigration.  They like welfare. They want illegal immigrants to have the "right" to vote.  They want more "diversity" which is the same thing as saying, "they want more crime".  

Democrats are scum.  They are happy that Minnesota has now turned into a 3rd-world State.  Keep bringing them here.  In the name of "DIVERSITY". 

FUCK DIVERSITY.  The only thing that "Diversity" brings are more niggers from Chicago who work our Welfare system.  Just remember, you white SCUM Liberals....it is YOUR tax dollars who are funding this bullshit!!!  You want "DIVERSITY"  Guess what?  YOU NOW HAVE IT!!!!   

Jane Snape
Jane Snape

ALEC's fair-haired girl, Mary Kiffmeyer, has long dreamed of new ways to restrict the right to vote back to just rich white male landowners (and maybe their wives, if they promise to only vote for Republicans).  Here's a run-down in the nationally-viewed Firedoglake site that documents her history of attempted vote suppression:  http://my.firedoglake.com/phoe...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

My boyfriend, De'Andre won't be able to vote if he has an ID or not because he is a convicted felon (LOL!!!).  But it don't matter to him anyway because he wouldn't vote even if he could....he can't read!!!  LOL!!

Anyway, today De'Andre and I went down to the free clinic so I could get my test results back after I found out I was pregnant again.  As it turns out, not only am I pregnant, I have HIV!!!  LOL!!!  De'Andre knocked me up not only with a baby, but also with AIDS!!!  LOL!!!

No worries though......I applied for social security benefits and my AIDS medications will be given to me for FREE with Medicaid!!!  LOL!!!  That means I will never have to worry about getting a job ever again!!!  Now, Me and De'Andre can sit home all day long and watch Oprah and Maury!!  LOL!!!

Thank you, taxpayers!!!!  I HEART YOU!!!!

Harrumph!
Harrumph!

The Secretary of State for Indiana just plead guilty to voter fraud. He is a republican. He has a photo ID. My point: Voter ID will not deter supposed fraud. There's never been any evidence of substantial voter fraud, anyway. It's a red herring. This whole campaign is an attempt to disenfranchise a voting block that leans left. It's so bloody easy to see that I'm amazed people are debating this. We were voting way before we had driver's licenses. End of story.

Tuleema
Tuleema

No one has ever been convicted of voter fraud in Minnesota, we need this law because???

Tammy
Tammy

so... Mariachi sombrero man represents..... illegal aliens in general?  Yeh.  That's not racist.  Head up to Grand Marais sometime.  Many of the resorts up there used to use illegal aliens.... from Russia... via the Canadian border.  That was a problem in the late 90's anyway.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Vote yes for this law and see who's voting rights they come for next.  Hey stupid Republicans, you think the DFL is going to take this lying down if it passes?  Who do you think is more likely to be in charge of the Minnesota House for the next 50 years?   Dems or Republicans?   I'd bet my money on the Dems.   Is this what politics in Minnesota should be?   A fucking war?  Do you we want it so there are 15 amendments on every ballot?   You ready to lose your gun rights?  smoking rights?  Maybe the Protestants in this state should ban together to make it hard for Catholics to vote because they are all pedophile scum.   What's next when the majority gets to decide what the minority should do?   Are you in the majority everytime?   Reject the divisive hate politics of the Republicans.    The Constitution is supposed to empower people to be free not make it harder to vote and pick on gays. If you want a war make it harder for people to vote.   Hey dumbfuck Republicans what happens when the people don't get to vote?   Do they just whistle and smile?   Or do they get pissed off and drag Qaddifi's dead body through the streets?   I know its hard but fucking think about what you are doing.   This crap amendment spends millions of dollars to make it harder for people to vote.  The problem it supposedly fixes is not a problem.  Liberals aren't stupid, we know this is a shitty amendment writing by your corporate masters that makes it harder for DFL voters to vote.   It will breed more hate and resentment and will drag politics down farther.   You stupid morons are going to put a pathetic canidate up against Obama in 2012, he will help the Democrats smash Republicans up and down the ticket.   You want DFL majorites + Dayton thirtsty for blood in 2013?    They will fuck you up for this.  They will find a way to make Republicans scream.   You understand your actions have consequences you stupid fucks? 

Right Wingnut
Right Wingnut

Two Dan McGraths?  Has anyone seen them in the same place at the same time.  This seems suspiciously like a leftist conspiracy meant to distract people from the real issue, wide spread voter fraud. 

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

Page one in the Minnesota Majority playbook? Stack the deck with racist stereotypes, lay your cards on the table, then whine about the other side's "playing the race card" you brought into the game when they identify your ace-in-the-hole dogwhistle. Stay classy!

pizza
pizza

Unbelievably unworthwhile story.

pizza
pizza

CP: because the crust is extra tasty

atrupar
atrupar

You wanna protect your ID? Get a government-issued ID card.... just kidding. Actually, since commenting on here is anarchy, your best bet is to register your account through Twitter or Facebook, like I do. That way nobody can pretend to be you.

TakeItBack
TakeItBack

Jesus, you're a disgusting idiot. It's people like you that give Republicans such a bad name. Dumbass.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

But De'Andre be all trippin.  He be all like, "gurl, how the fuck did you get AIDS?"  And I be all like, "you gave it to me, dawg!!!"  He axed me if was fuckin some faggot-ass, and I be all like, "no, De'Andre, you have been the only man I have been with since my last babby dady left my ass (back when Loc-Dawg got busted for a prostitution ring and is now spending 10-20 with good behavior....LOL!!!)  

De'Andre slapped me up and he be talkin' about, "Bitch I didn't give you no AIDS."  And I axed him to get tested.  So tomorrow we will catch the bus down to the free clinic and I will prove him wrong.  If he finds out he's gots AIDS, he owes me a Malt Likka!!  LOL!!!!

pizza
pizza

don't let the facts get in the way of my rant! haha

pizza
pizza

Yeah! Let's stop carding purchasers of alcohol too! People are definately trustworthy enough not to buy alcohol if they're underage!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 It's a pure power grab by the Republicans.  They are the scum of the Earth. Vote them out and vote all their crap amendments down.

Sammy
Sammy

No, this "crap" amendment makes it harder for people to vote who have no right to vote.  Why are you so terrified about this amendment?  I have to show my ID every time I almost do anything, but I don't have a problem with it.  I take no issue with having to prove who I am.  It seems the people who are so against this amendment are people who have something to hide.  If you are a legal resident, you have **9 FUCKING MONTHS*** to get an ID before the elections.  It costs $15 and takes about a half an hour of your time.  If you are that fucking stupid and lazy that you can't get an ID to exercise your right to vote, then you have no right to vote in the first place.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Today my boyfriend, and father to 3 of my 13 babies, De'Andre went to the liquor store and used the last of the $20 on my EBT card!!!!  De'Andre can be so silly sometimes!!  Now, how will we eat for the next 2 weeks before my EBT card gets loaded again??

Oh, I forgot....the Food Shelf.....LOL!!! 

Janet Ramos
Janet Ramos

No it is the James Okeefe fellow that keeps getting arrested for voter fraud in Iowa for posing as a dead person...silly wabbit you cannot be dead and asking for an application, but your voter fraud does not exist they way you would like the world to believe...WITH THE INTERNET....people are smarter than you think and probably smarter than you...just sayin

NoToPizza
NoToPizza

 I disagree. I think overt racism in politics is important. Why is the white dude a superhero and all the other races represented are stereotypes?

pizza
pizza

thank you for the info! i will be doing that. what's facebooks url and how can i get a profile?

Harrumph!
Harrumph!

 I think he/she was trying to be sarcastic.

Burns999
Burns999

You have quite the imagination Michelle!  Lose the over the top, ridiculous racism, and you could probably make a living writing childrens books or something.

Harrumph!
Harrumph!

 Your reply made absolutely no sense.

Janet Ramos
Janet Ramos

Sammy, don't let my surname fool ya...dude shut your filthy mouth, what you cannot speak without filthy stupidy...No one has to hide a doggone thing, When you show up to vote in the same place you have been voting for 20 years or less ...and you are already registered why would i need to show my I.D., You certainly show your Bachmann colors with your filth...

Janet Ramos
Janet Ramos

Sammy you forgot to mention that DE'ANDRE is white and and she cannot get rid of the bum cause he thinks it is his right to steal from his white woman....for thought you forgot to mention that there are more White people on Welfare and recieving food support than any other ethnic group...geez I thought you were smarter than this....NOT....

Janet Ramos
Janet Ramos

exactly and to this day, I have not seen one white superhero in this Country and i been around for many many moons...

pizza
pizza

Why is it racist, exactly? There are two races represented in two characters. Perhaps it was the luck of the draw that the prisoner is black and super hero white. In the real world, per avg., that is more accurate anyway. The world is pretend enough as it is. It's just not a very newsworthy story, something more worthwhile could have taken it's place instead of the typical rightwing bashing CP always falls back on when they don't have anything worth reporting.

pizza
pizza

Sorry. You're right. I'm just having a bad day. Annoyed.

pizza
pizza

ok, i can't figure it out. help?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 No, that is sam I am.  He finds it amusing to steal my name on here.  He's a very unoriginal racist thinker.   He's pretty much the worst person ever born.   Interesting fun fact.  He admiited his family came from Poland fleeing Hitler.  Imagine the terror his poor grandparents felt fleeing from such a racist bigot monster like Hitler.   Now sam is a pathetic little loser who types racist things on the internet because he is stupid and cowardly.  How shameful of a person must you be to hate your family so much to disrespect them like that.   Hitler nearly murders his grandparents and now sam worships Hitler.   Pretty sad what sort of people make up the base of the Republican Party if you ask me.   Hey sam, notice how I don't have to make up a creepy story about gay sexytimes(you still haven't explained why detailed accounts of gay sex makes you so happy)  or people on welfare to make fun of you?   How I just take something stupid you say and point out how fundamentally terrible you are.   Go tell your grandparents how awesome Hitler is sam, I bet an old WW 2 survivor could still kick your pathetic ass. 

t-rex
t-rex

I followed it. If we are going to not use ID's for voting, let's not use them to verify age requirements for purchasing controlled substances. How was that so difficult?

pizza
pizza

ok, i admit. it didn't make much sense.

pizza
pizza

Poor guy/gal.

Harrumph!
Harrumph!

 Pizza, my friend, these are two completely separate issues. You're analogy just doesn't make any sense. But it would on Fox News, I imagine.

pizza
pizza

Think about it harder then.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Because ShaWonda can vote for Obama in St. Paul and then drive over to Minneapolis in Cadillac and vote for the Kenyan again in South Minneapolis...that's why.

Sammy
Sammy

Of course there are more white people on welfare than any other race....THATS BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE WHITE PEOPLE IN AMERICA THAN ANY OTHER RACE, YOU STUPID TWAT.

Here is the breakdown (according to 2009 numbers):

39% of welfare recipients are white37% are black

But there is the clincher, you derelict:  Black people only make up 14% of the U.S. population.  So if you had a brain, you would realize that there are 2.5 times more black people on Welfare than whites.

GET IT NOW???!!!!!

pizza
pizza

disregard what i wrote yesterday. sorry.

Janet Ramos
Janet Ramos

The Right Wing ...see hammer....SMASH everything...Right Wing is the WRONG WING..

pizza
pizza

feeling better today. can't believe some of the stuff i wrote. i'm actually very sorry folks. kinda flew off the handle yesterday.

pizza
pizza

Fuck off fake pizza

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